Just days after there was uproar when it was revealed that Dannii Minogue was quarantining at a Gold Coast home instead of at a state-mandated hotel, another A-list Aussie celebrity has reportedly avoided the mandatory 14-day hotel stay.
According to numerous reports, Nicole Kidman has been granted special permission by the NSW Government to quarantine at her Southern Highlands home alongside her husband, Keith Urban and their two children, Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret.
The family are believed to have flown into Sydney from Tennessee on Monday evening and Sunrise reports they got straight off their private jet and were driven away from the airport in black vans.
According to Sunrise, the whole cast and crew of the star’s new mini-series, Nine Perfect Strangers, have reportedly been given permission to quarantine at Nicole and Keith’s home, instead of coughing up thousands to stay at a quarantine hotel.
The show, an adaptation of Aussie author Liane Moriarty’s best-selling novel, is set to begin filming on August 10th.
From Saturday, July 18, all travellers flying into NSW from overseas will be charged $3,000 for one adult, $1,000 for each additional adult and $500 for each child aged over three.
Last week, Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles confirmed on ABC radio that Dannii Minogue is in isolation at a private home with her ten-year-old son, Ethan.
The pair returned from coronavirus hotspot, the United States, however unlike the majority of the rest of returning travellers, who are required to stay in a hotel for 14 days, Dannii was granted permission by the Queensland government to head straight to the Gold Coast property.
Dannii and Ethan are believed to have gone directly to the house after arriving off the flight and will stay there, with no visitors allowed to enter, until the end of their 14 day quarantine period.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young told the Sydney Morning Herald that Dannii has not been given special treatment and is exempt from the hotel quarantine because of a “COVID-safe plan approved for her industry”.
“She has a COVID-safe plan which is being managed by an independent third party. That’s the reason that she got that exemption,” Young said.
“There are a number of people who have come under that category I’ve given an exemption to because they have third party arrangements in place, that I’m confident meet all the requirements that we have in place for hotel quarantine.”
Dannii Minogue is thought to be privately funding her stay on the Gold Coast.
Dr. Young went on to say she has granted 38 exemptions to hotel quarantine so far and a different number of people can apply, including those in the Australian Defence Force, entertainment industry and sporting groups.
According to the Queensland Government website, the fee for quarantining at a hotel costs $2,800 for one adult and $3,710 for two.